Needle & Thread Tutorial

Open a new image 800x600.
Activate the Preset Shapes tool.
Set the options and styles according to image.


Use the coordinances in the image below to drag an eclipse shape for the needle.  You can use the fill as you please, for simplicity of the tutorial, I used white instead of the flood fill.


I added a black layer and moved it to the bottom for the sake of this tutorial;  you can do the same or not for visibility sake as you choose according to your knowledge of PSP and it's tools.


Activate the Freehand selection tool and set control as Point-to-Point, then select an area for the eye of the needle.


Press your 'Delete' key.
Because the final needle will be reduced so small, the eye doesn't have to be drawn smoothly but if you intend to use it in a large size, you might want to make it a lot smoother or use the Rectangle Selection tool with options set to anti-alias and eclipse.


Activate the Deformation tool and your needle will look like this.


While holding down the 'control' key, move the cursor over the lower left deformation handle and drag it up until the top of the handle touches the bottom of the upper left handle.


Image will now look like this.  An embroidery needle eye is much longer than that of a sewing needle to accommodate the multi strands of embroidery floss.


Now, change the fill to gradient for the background style and match the settings below using the metallic gradient that came with PSP ot any other you choose.


You could use Blade Pro to fill your needle instead of the gradient fill.  That option is up to you.


Using the fill tool set to the gradient, flood fill the needle.  I actually flatten my needle a little more in the deformation step to look less bowed but didn't for this tutorial.


Add an new layer named 'under needle' or named nothing if you are comfortable with using layers.


Using the Layer palette, move that layer beneath the layer the needle is on and then activate the layer the needle is on.  Right click on that layer, then rename it to 'needle'.


Add a new layer and name this one 'above needle'.


Using the Layer palette, activate the 'under needle' layer.


Activate you draw tool and set settings according to the image below.  Also set the styles up as below and where I have chosen the turquoise color, choose the color you want for your thread.


Starting inside the eye of the needle with your bezier curve, drag a straight line to the far right of the image area;  next, click in the the approximate vicinity of 1X;  then click in the approximate vicinity of 2X.  Placement of the Xs will be according to your preferences if you are familiar with the bezier curve setting.


Should have something like this now!


Using the Layer palette, activate the 'above needle' layer.


Again, with the draw tool set to bezier curve, start inside the eye of the needle and draw a shorter line this time as shown in the image below;  then click at 1X;  then click at 2X.


You should now have something resembling the image below.


Using the rectangle selection tool, drag a line around the needle and thread;  then hold the 'shift' key and tap the 'R' key to crop to the selection.


If you used the black layer;  activate it and then delete it.


With the layers in tact, we will now save the image as a psp format to use again later - if you think you might want to use it again.  I chose to save now because it would be a simple matter to redo the thread layers in a different curvature or color without having to recreate the needle.  If you chose a medium color for your thread color, you might be able to 'colorize' those layer later.


After saving Merge visible layers.


Now you can add a drop shadow to the needle and thread to help with visibility when size is decreased.  Normally, I keep the blur to 1.2 or less and opacity to 90 or more because the needle will be so small but I used these settings on the tutorial needle.


Now reduce the needle and thread to about 2 inches wide.


Sharpen image one time and it is read to be copy pasted to another image or tubed.



Tutorial by CSGreen

Close Window when finished.


For the above sigtag, I used the layers below.
Layer one is the background color.
Layer 2 was the name is the thread color.
Layer 3 was the name in white.
needle layer is the layer I pasted the needle to.

On the layer of white text, I moved it directly over the colored text on the layer below and then I erased or deleted part of the white text.  Next, I moved the needle on the needle layer so the needle crossed over the break in color of the text.  To finish, I erased a line in the needle so it looks like the needle is passing through the fabric background color.

Samples by psp Buddies members


* I do not generally compress my graphics but for the sake of loading time - the tutorial graphics are compressed!